The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is talking with the public on a long-term plan to reduce Missouri River flood risks in the Jefferson City region. Community Planner, Ginger Niemann-Harper told Missourinet that the Lower Missouri Jefferson City spin-off study was authorized as part of a larger plan to address the devasting 2019 flooding that the region saw.

“As most folks around there know, this community has seen repetitive flooding, really since the big flood of 1993,” she said. “So, what we’re doing is taking a new look at the current level of protection and levee systems in that area.”

Niemann-Harper has heard from residents who feel that the protections in place is not enough to prevent future flooding.

“We’re trying to see is it a structural solution, like perhaps a new levee that would provide a greater level of protection,” she added. “Or is it a combination of that and maybe some non-structural measures, which would include flood-proofing some of the buildings and things behind that leveed system, structured elevation, relocations, and things like that.”

A draft report for public comment will be issued in August.

Increasing conveyance, which helps move the floodwaters downstream with as little damage as possible, is a consideration says Niemann-Harper.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of tough conversations had,” she explained. “You know, it’s a decision that the community needs to help make. We at the Corps of Engineers don’t do things on our own. The results of this study would be a cost shared construction solution. So, it would be a cost share between the federal government and a local sponsor.”

The study is expected to be completed in May of 2026.

The Corps has been holding public hearings on how best to reduce flood risks along the 735 miles of the Missouri River from Sioux City, Iowa to St. Louis.

An upcoming meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, to discuss the progress on a flood resiliency study in north-central Missouri’s Brunswick. The meeting will be held at the Brunswick R-II Junior and Senior High School Auditorium. The meeting begins at 5:00 p.m.

Engineers will provide an update since March on the development of alternatives, including newly developed maps that show each alternative. A roundtable discussion will be held after the presentation to answer questions and receive public and local stakeholder feedback.

The study area is along the left bank of the Missouri River and bordered by the Grand and Chariton rivers. The area includes the city of Brunswick and the area behind the Missouri River Levee System L-246 within Chariton County.

If you have any questions about this outreach meeting for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, please contact the Flood Resiliency Study team at [email protected] or for MoDNR, please email [email protected].

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